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GREAT WHITE EGRET Borghastan Carloway Loch Isle of Lewis 10.38am

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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Outer Hebrides / Western Isles bird sightings for today, 28th November 2018. Updated throughout the day

Loch Erisort, Lewis
Tha drake Goosander was again at the head of the loch (near Balallan)

Ruhba Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 08:05 - 10:50
Weather: Wind SE F7 gust F9. 8/8 cloud, rain at first clearing. Temp 7 -8C.

A near 3 hour seawatch this morning produced 15 Eider (14S 1N), 1 Common Scoter [female] (S), 8 Long-tailed Duck (6S 2N), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (S), 3 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Great Nothern Diver (S), 5 Gannets (S), 1 Shag (N) and 1 Cormorant
Also present in the area were Greylag Goose 6, Shelduck 3, Wigeon 3, Teal 5, Tufted Duck 15, Goldeneye 1, Red-throated Diver 2, Great Northern Diver 2, Cormorant 16, Knot 1, Purple Sandpiper 2, Black-headed Gull 2 and Rock Pipit 3